This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)
Immediate prior one here:
and remains open for threads running there (at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).
Canonical list of old ones here:
For just general FYI notices, use to “tips” pages. All the old ones remain for historical reference:
What’s Going On?
Brexit – Is Over! (Sort of…)
Legally, The United Kingdom is now out of the E.U.
Now begins an 11 month period (until the end of the year IIRC) during which “terms” are negotiated. If nothing comes of it, a hard BREXIT on WTO terms. I hope Boris is up to the task of getting favorable terms and NOT being Exit In Name Only.
Likely this section will dropped going forward as I expect “nothing much” to happen for about 9 months…
2019-nCoV Corona Virus is Rampant
Declared a Global Health Emergency, the current thread on it is here:
Additional threads are added as the time to load becomes too long.
I Guess “Global Warming” is over since it rained… So unless there’s something I’m not aware of, it looks like this is another issues that’s over and done. For now.
I’d really hoped I could say that this, too, was wrapped up, but last I looked it was not. The vote to not continue the Stupid Shiff Show with an endless parade of “New! Shocking! Bombshell!” faux “witnesses” has been shelved via vote.
After that, I thought we’d rapidly go to “Acquitted – it’s over”, but no… Seems The Defense Lawyers want some added time to touch up their closing arguments, then there’s the Caucuses in Iowa on Monday and POTUS State Of The Union on Tuesday. So last
rumor news report said closing arguments and vote likely Wednesday.
IF I get the time I’ll upload a nice screen grab showing the Trump Rally YouTube feed with 34,000 views and the Senate Show with 2,000 as people just stay away in droves and want this over.
As the only thing to do now is wait, I’m not opening a new thread until something happens, if something other than acquittal happens…
Going For Woke
So far Picard is not too over the top with Wokeness. It looks to me like there’s bits of it that were not possible to remove (central bits of prior plotline and all) but that the re-shoot toned down a load of it.
I watched the 2nd episode and it was OK. Not great. Not bad. Not real Trek. Has 2 gratuitous F-Bombs in it (both by female characters just to prove women can be crude and obnoxious too…) and Picard has emotional stability problems (they give a plausible brain defect / condition so he gets to act all moody without dissing the old Picard character).
I don’t think that is going to wear well, but we’ll see. Plot Stupids include a Romulan infiltration of The Federation HQ (what, no Tribbles left around?). So just why would an empire who’s home planet was destroyed and who’s empire is in ruins spend the few remaining resources infiltrating the largest power in the galaxy that had tried to help them? Never Mind… Then canon gets ignored a few more times. Sigh.
Snow Season & Cold
Kazakhstan got slammed, thread here:
But hey, it’s only weather, right? Right?
There’s rumors of food / feed shortages around the world. I’ve seen reports that the USA is the only game in town for Maize Corn now. (Ice Age Farmer video). I know that beans are having issues as I’ve seen the shelves being a bit thin on stock. OTOH, at COSTCO last week they had a pallet each of Pinto’s and Peruano beans. (So I bought a bag and made soup! ;-)
I know, I know: You are not out of food until the shelf is empty then you are fully out, so looking at the shelf doesn’t tell you what is coming. But:
I watch the Doom! Starvation! video guys, then I go to the grocery store. Shelves are full, top to bottom front to back. Just how am I supposed to feel like it is a famine when I can buy any food I want? Still, I know the crop this year was below normal in several places around the world, and next year there will be a seed shortage. But for now it really isn’t bad at all. So, OK, I’ve got about 3 months worth of “get me past the quarantine” food in the pantry and we’re prepared for being closed in, if needed. If not, I just don’t need to buy groceries for a month or two ;-)
Still, one COSTCO had no dry beans at all. Only the one over near the Mexican side of town did. Is that a shortage or marketing decision? The one without is near where all the Indian Computer Guys live and work ;-) I got a nice lentil curry there. Smart & Final was out of lentils last trip. The Great Lentil Shortage, or just the shipment wasn’t unpacked yet?
Since the nCoV is known to whack older men hardest, and I am one, we’re planning to do something of a self-quarantine as the cases reach the trigger of high risk. Hopefully we don’t run out of stores just as the plague reaches the max cases “in the wild”…
Only thing left to buy is a big bag of dog kibble as “emergency dog food”. Don’t want them eyeing my canned ham any more than usual ;-)